There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find in the left column below some starters on the topic of Time. In the right column below are links to related online activities, videos and teacher resources.

A lesson starter does not have to be on the same topic as the main part of the lesson or the topic of the previous lesson. It is often very useful to revise or explore other concepts by using a starter based on a totally different area of Mathematics.

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### Time Starters:

Birthday Clues: Work out the date Will was born by answering some number questions.

Happy New Year: Work out the date for various given amounts of time after the beginning of the year.

Hours To Go: How many full hours are left till the end of the year?

Movie Minutes: Calculations involving hours and minutes based on the runing times of popular DVDs.

Scaramouche: Can you work out from the five clues given what the mystery number is?

Second Holiday: Estimate then work out the period of time equal to the given number of seconds.

Timed Tables: How fast can you answer 24 mixed times tables questions?

Weather Maths: Eight mathematical questions about the current weather and times in four cities around the world.

Calendar Clue: Find the murderer from the clue written on the calendar

Does not add up!: Why would eight and five add up to one?

Growing Fast: How can it be that Percy will be 16 next year when he was only 13 the day before yesterday?

Hands Together: The hands of a clock are together at midnight. At what time are they next together?

Rejuvenate: A girl was 16 years old in 2010 but just 8 years old in 2018

Sums With Hundreds: When is eighteen hundred minus fifty the same as seventeen hundred plus ten?

Victorian Times Comparison: Is 10! larger or smaller than the number of seconds in six weeks?

#### Telling The Time

Practise reading a clock face and solving problems involving converting between units of time.

Transum.org/go/?to=tellingtime

### Curriculum for Time:

#### Year 5

Pupils should be taught to complete, read and interpret information in tables, including timetables. more...

Pupils should be taught to solve problems involving converting between units of time more...

#### Years 10 and 11

Pupils should be taught to interpret and construct tables and line graphs for time series data more...

### Exam-Style Questions:

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### Notes:

This topic provides opportunities for pupils to practise the calculations that are required in time based problems. After mastering the decimal system manipulating units of time can prove to be very difficult for many.

Of all the mathematics topics studied in school this is one of them that has a real and direct practical use in real life. Everyone is more able to cope with day to day tasks if they can read an analogue clock, interpret the 24 hour clock and understand the calendar.

When planning to improve pupils’ estimation skills don’t forget to include practice in estimating time. An amusing diversion in a lesson is to ask everyone to stand up, close their eyes then to sit down when they think a minute has passed.

An fascinating open-ended investigation would be to consider the impact decimal time may have on us all. How would it work, what would need to change and what advantages would it bring?

### Time Teacher Resources:

Clock: A large analogue clock to use for telling the time practice with the whole class

Timer: A simple visual aid which acts as a stopwatch recording the number of minutes and seconds that have passed or are left.

Today's Date: A customisable lesson Starter featuring today's date.

### Time Activities:

Telling The Time: Practise reading a clock face and solving problems involving converting between units of time.

Time Totals: Ten questions requiring a time calculation based on popular films.

Months of the Year: Match the month name with the month number in this drag and drop activity

Clock Times Pairs: The traditional pairs or Pelmanism game adapted to test the ability to compare analogue and digital times.

Time Sort: Arrange the analogue and digital clock faces in order from earliest to latest

Birthday Days: Compute the name of the day of the week from the given birthday clues.

Time Arithmetic: Practise adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing times with these self-marking exercises.

Walking Times: Questions about the time it takes to walk between places in London according to the Walking Tube Map.

Train Timetables: An interactive exercise on reading train timetables and making time calculations.

Finally there is Topic Test, a set of 10 randomly chosen, multiple choice questions suggested by people from around the world.

### Time Videos:

Transum's Time Video

Telling The Time - Part 1: Learn how to tell the time from an analogue clock then do the online exercise called Telling The Time Level 1.

Telling The Time - Part 2: Learn how to tell the time from an analogue clock then do the online exercise called Telling The Time Level 2.

Telling The Time - Part 3: Learn how to tell the time from an analogue clock then do the online exercise called Telling The Time Level 3.

Telling The Time - Part 4: Learn how to tell the time from an analogue clock then do the online exercise called Telling The Time Level 4.

Leap Year: Why do some years have an extra leap day and what is it for?

A History of the Calendar: A fast paced animation explaining the development of the modern calendar.

Time calculations on a calculator: Time Calculations using Casio Calculator using the Degrees, Minutes and Seconds button.

### Time Worksheets/Printables:

Dodecahedron Calendar: The net of a dodecahedron with this year's calendar printed on its faces.

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#### Train Timetables

An interactive exercise on reading train timetables and making time calculations.

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